Historic Landmarks Near the Alamo

Historic Landmarks Near the Alamo
The Alamo, located in San Antonio, hosted missionaries, families, revolutionaries, Spanish and Mexican armies. In the famous battle of the Alamo, the structure witnessed the death of nearly two hundred defenders of Texas freedom. While the Mexican army won after a 13-day struggle, the Alamo became a symbol of freedom and the price of obtaining that freedom. Historic landmarks with outdoor activities such as hiking and boating do not exist close to the Alamo. It is located in the seventh largest city in the United States. The area does not lack other historic landmarks.

San Antonio River Walk

Built in 1939, the San Antonio River Walk stretches through San Antonio along the appropriately named San Antonio River. The River Walk is the premier and famed entertainment district of San Antonio. From shopping to historic landmarks, the San Antonio River Walk contains something for everyone. While not an official historic site like the Alamo, the San Antonio River Walk encompasses shops and bars that set up shop 10, 15, and even 50 years ago, almost making them historic locations. It's great place to sightsee during the day and get your groove on at night.


San Fernando Cathedral

Over two centuries old, the San Fernando Cathedral was built in 1738 and still serves the people of San Antonio as the Diocese of San Antonio. Time and weather caused some damage to the historic building, but renovations restored and stabilized, returning the building to its former glory. In its history the San Fernando Cathedral witnessed and hosted events central to the history of city. According to Visit San Antonio.com, "Texas hero James Bowie married Ursula de Veramendi in its sanctuary, and Mexican General Santa Anna used the church as a lookout." Fifteen families from the Canary Islands founded the church in 1971. Over 5,000 people attend mass each week. In a single year, the church hosts over 900 baptisms, 100 weddings and 100 funerals.

San Fernando Cathedral
115 Main Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 227-1297

Alamo Plaza Historic District‎

Alamo Plaza Historic District‎ is a section of the city around Alamo Plaza Street recorded in the registry of historic places since 1977. Located within the Alamo Plaza Historic District is the Alamo. The Alamo is listed individually as a United States Historic Landmark. The Alamo Plaza Historic District resides within the quadrant made by South Broadway, Commerce, Bonham and Travis Streets. The primary purpose of the historic district is and was commerce and trade. The main architectural style is late Victorian with buildings composed of brick, limestone, metal, stucco, and concrete. Across from the Alamo, resides a U.S. Post Office and Courthouse, which became individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. The building originally opened in 1937. The Alamo Plaza Historic District houses several buildings like the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse---some recognized and others not as landmarks. However, the entire Alamo Plaza Historic District‎ is a landmark and reminder of San Antonio's of past.


Article Written By Amy L. Gouger

Amy L. Gouger holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from East Stroudsburg University. Previously a technical agent, she now serves as a ghostwriter and contributor to various online publications.

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